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Over the past few days, Gideon and I have put together the skeleton for the first section of my layout. Let’s back up for a minute though, and talk about my choices of lumber.
Thursday night I stopped by Lowe’s to see what lumber was available. Like I suspected, the “Top Choice” lumber was in much worse condition than the stuff I had at home. I eventually found the “Select” lumber, but it was quite pricey. You can agree with me or not, but I decided to go home and try building some benchwork with my old, but perfectly usable wood.
The next day, Gideon came over and we got to work. I didn’t take many pictures along the way, but I filmed plenty of video. The first step was to rip the 1×8 into two 1x4s.
With the rip cut done, we started to move more quickly. We cut out two end pieces 18 inches long from a 1×4, and two center cross pieces 16 and 1/2 inches long, and using careful clamping and measuring, got it all together pretty much perfectly.
I still have to get a sheet of 2 inch foam from Lowe’s (another reason why not to buy wood), but I put a scrap piece I had on hand on the frame for fun.
Now it has track and a train, so technically it’s a layout, right?
Hopefully I’ll have this above ground soon, either on sawhorses or some sort of legs. Have a happy and blessed Easter, and stay tuned… -Harrison, with Gideon
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